Richard Harris (I) (1930–2002)

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      Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family, one of nine children born to Mildred Josephine (nee Harty) and Ivan John Harris. He attended Crescent College, a Jesuit school, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature. Unfortunately, a bout of tuberculosis as a teenager ... See full bio »

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      Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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      Gladiator Marcus Aurelius
      Unforgiven English Bob


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       2003 Kaena: La prophétie
      Opaz (English version, voice)
       2002 Julius Caesar (TV Movie)
      Lucius Cornelius Sulla
       2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
      Albus Dumbledore
       2002 The Count of Monte Cristo
      Abbé Faria
       2001 The Pearl
      Dr. Karl
       2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
      Albus Dumbledore
       2001 My Kingdom
       2000 San Giovanni - L'apocalisse (TV Movie)
       2000 Gladiator
      Marcus Aurelius
       1999 Grizzly Falls
      Old Harry
       1999 To Walk with Lions
      George Adamson
       1998 Sibirskiy tsiryulnik
      Makkreken (as Richard Kharris)
       1997 This Is the Sea
      Old Man Jacobs
       1997 The Hunchback (TV Movie)
      Dom Frollo
       1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow
      Dr. Andreas Tork
       1996 Trojan Eddie
      John Power
       1995 Divine Rapture (Short) (rumored)
       1995 The Great Kandinsky (TV Movie)
      Ernest Kandinsky
       1995 Cry, the Beloved Country
      James Jarvis
       1995 Savage Hearts
      Sir Roger Foxley
       1993 Abraham (TV Mini-Series)
      - Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Abraham
      - Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Abraham
       1993 Silent Tongue
      Prescott Roe
       1992 Unforgiven
      English Bob
       1992 Patriot Games
      Paddy O'Neil
       1990 The Field
      'Bull' McCabe
       1990 King of the Wind
      King George II
       1989 Mack the Knife
      Mr. Peachum
       1988 Trappola diabolica
      Maj. Vic Jenkins
       1988 Maigret (TV Movie)
      Jules Maigret
       1985 Martin's Day
      Martin Steckert
       1983 Triumphs of a Man Called Horse
      John Morgan - Man Called Horse
       1982 Camelot (TV Movie)
      King Arthur
       1982 Highpoint
      Lewis Kinney
       1981 Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid
      Jason Ogilvy
       1981 Tarzan the Ape Man
      James Parker
       1979 The Last Word
      Danny Travis
       1979 Game for Vultures
      David Swansey
       1979 Ravagers
       1978 The Wild Geese
      Capt. Rafer Janders
       1977 Golden Rendezvous
      John Carter
       1977 Orca
      Captain Nolan
       1977 Gulliver's Travels
      Lemuel Gulliver
       1976 The Cassandra Crossing
      Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain
       1976 Robin and Marian
      Richard the Lionheart / King Richard
       1976 Echoes of a Summer
      Eugene Striden
       1974 Juggernaut
      Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Fallon
       1974 99 and 44/100% Dead!
      Harry Crown
       1973 The Deadly Trackers
      Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick
       1971 Man in the Wilderness
      Zachary Bass
       1971 The Snow Goose (TV Movie)
      Philip Rhayader
       1970 Bloomfield
       1970 Cromwell
      Oliver Cromwell
       1970 A Man Called Horse
      John Morgan
       1970 The Molly Maguires
      Detective James McParlan
       1968 Toast of the Town (TV Series)
      - Episode #21.39 (1968) ... Singer
       1967 Caprice
      Christopher White
       1967 Camelot
      King Arthur
       1966 Hawaii
      Capt. Rafer Hoxworth
       1965 The Heroes of Telemark
      Knut Strand
       1965 Major Dundee
      Capt. Benjamin Tyreen
       1965 I tre volti
      Robert (segment "Gli amanti celebri")
       1964 Il deserto rosso
      Corrado Zeller
       1963 This Sporting Life
      Frank Machin
       1962 Mutiny on the Bounty
      Seaman John Mills
       1961 The Guns of Navarone
      Squadron Leader Barnsby
       1961 The Long and the Short and the Tall
      Cpl. Johnstone
       1960 A Terrible Beauty
      Sean Reilly
       1960 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
      - Victory (1960)
       1960 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
      Major Gaylord
      - Come in Razor Red (1960) ... Major Gaylord
       1959 The Wreck of the Mary Deare
      Lieutenant Higgins
       1959 Shake Hands with the Devil
      Terence O'Brien
       1958 Alive and Kicking
       1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
      - The Hasty Heart (1958)
       1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
      Dan Galvin
      - Rest in Violence (1958) ... Dan Galvin
       1958 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
      Michael O'Riordan
      - The Iron Harp (1958) ... Michael O'Riordan
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      Other Works:

      Stage: Appeared in Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical, "Camelot", at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London, England, with Fiona Fullerton and William Squire in the cast. See more »

      Publicity Listings:

      2 Print Biographies | 6 Interviews | 15 Articles | 4 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

      Alternate Names:

      Richard Kharris


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      I can see the difficulties of making a movie. Directors and producers have to put up with a lot of rubbish from temperamental actors. See more »


      Harris did not enjoy his first time in Hollywood making The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959). Production had to be halted several times due to the frequent illnesses of star Gary Cooper. Harris turned down the role of Commodus in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) and was 34 when he starred in his first Hollywood movie, Major Dundee (1965). See more »


      A rebel in real life, a part he often portrayed on screen See more »

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